Fox News Whacked With Another Sexual Harassment Suit

Fox News hit with another gender discrimination lawsuit
Radio Correspondent Says Fox News Fired Her Less Than 24 Hours After She Reached Out To A Discrimination Investigator

06 May, 2017

What is even more dumbfounding, however, is that Fox Radio's Vice President and General Manager, who conducted the termination in question was, according to media reports, fired from his prior job at ABC, after ABC learned of his improper use of on-line material that included a sexually explicit photograph that was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Putting aside the fact that very few employees were even aware that a hotline existed prior to its mention in recent press accounts, Jessica Golloher, Fox News Radio Network's Middle East/North Africa correspondent, did summon the courage, on April 17, 2017, to email 21st Century Fox's purported independent investigator and request an opportunity to speak with her regarding issues at Fox", the plaintiff claims in court documents obtained by TheWrap. Instead of allowing her to lead, Fox chose a male London anchor who did not speak Russian to cover the games.

She said the company often turned down her story ideas 'using such pretexts as risky conditions or expense of traveling for the story, yet male reporters were sent to the precise locations she had pitched'.

The company said in an earlier statement that Ms Golloher's claims were "without merit".

Further, the lawsuit alleged that Davis told Golloher to send him photos of her reporting for a piece, but said that photos she sent him were "horrible" and that she was "much better looking in person".

Golloher filed the lawsuit in NY court saying she filed a complaint in April against Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison firm accusing them of sex discrimination.

She says she was relegated her to "secretarial" work and reporting on Moscow's decision to ban lace panties.

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In another example, set two years later, Golloher says she complained to her superiors that an anchor-producer colleague was making "relentless edits" to her scripts and treating her like a "vapid, unintelligent female reporter".

And then when she complained, they fired her.

"Ms. Golloher complained about the disparate treatment she received as compared to her male peers", the complaint state.

She only chose to come forward after a company-wide April 4 email was sent by recently hired Fox News human resources head Kevin Lord encouraging employees to speak up about any issues they had with workplace behavior, according to the suit. The day after she reported this discrimination, the suit claims, she was told "without prior warning" that she would be laid off due to "budgetary concerns". "We will vigorously defend this matter".

Golloher's lawsuit named Fox News, 21st Century Fox, and Fox News Radio Vice President Mitch Davis and Director of Programming Hank Weinbloom as defendants in the case. "Her allegations of discrimination and retaliation are baseless", the representative said.

Golloher seeks compensatory and punitive damages for discrimination and retaliation in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law, New York Executive Law and the New York City Human Rights Law.

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